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Fiber Content: 100% Baby Alpaca
Weight: Sport Weight
Knitting Gauge: 6 sts = 1" on #3 - 5 needles (3.25mm-3.75mm)
Crochet Gauge: 16–20 sc = 4'' on E-7 hooks (3.5mm - 4.5mm)
Yards: 110
Grams: 50
Put Up: ball
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat

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4.823529 out of 5 stars

Andean Treasure Yarn

$6.29 50g / ball


Beautiful heathered colors add depth to this super-soft and warm yarn made from baby alpaca fiber. Alpaca fibers are sorted by their diameter (micron count), and the finest fibers are the softest. Baby alpaca is one of the softest and finest classifications of alpaca, and you will definitely enjoy the luxurious feel of this yarn against your skin. The softness is irresistible - count the number of hugs you get when wearing a sweater in Andean Treasure vs. other sweaters, and this one will win, hands down! Excellent for items that are worn close to you - scarves, vests, legwarmers, pullovers, even mittens. Feltable.

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“The yarn's exquisite softness makes it perfect for any next-to-the-skin garment, especially one that could benefit from alpaca's heavy, relaxed, fluid drape.” Knitters Review

"I have quite a soft spot for alpaca, and Andean Treasure is no exception. The drape is excellent and the knitted fabric is luscious, but what really did me in were the heathered colors. There is so much depth in this yarn that it seems to glow from within. I love it!"
-Kerin D., Knit Picks Garment Designer

"I just finished a vest for my sister in Andean Treasure, and I loved working with it. The yarn showed off my delicate cables nicely, and the finished project has the perfect drape and sheen. The alpaca makes it toasty-warm, which is perfect for her winter wardrobe."
-Alison B., Knit Picks Education & Multimedia Manager

As seen in Knitty, Fall 2006, Sugar on Snow Pattern

5 out of 5 stars

Love this yarn - but also really ADORED the Andean silk (alpaca and silk what could be more luxurious) - the softness, the slight sheen, the beautiful product! Wish KnitPicks would bring it back!

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent yarn - soft, good stitch definition - a joy to knit with. I have noticed that the number of colours for this wool has decreased - I hope this does NOT mean that the line will be discontinued. This is gorgeous yarn and should be a staple of the KnitPicks collection.

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent yarn - soft, good stitch definition, a pleasure to knit. I'm just disappointed to see that the colour selection has decreased (I truly hope this yarn will NOT be discontinued). The burgundy that used to be available was a gorgeous rich colour. I would buy more of this (and other colours).This is a beautiful alpaca yarn and should remain a staple of the Knit Picks line.

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this yarn for a cardigan and it is wonderful! I loved working on what could have been a tedious (all seed stitch) project, but instead I just loved holding the yarn. It took shape beautifully. I will buy this again!

5 out of 5 stars

I knit 4 pair of socks -- 2 for my sister-in-law and 2 for my brother. They LOVE them!!! Perfect for their climate. Thank you Knit Picks for such lovely yarn! It is excellent quality at a great price. There are only 2 things I would wish for -- more colors and the availability of fingering weight for socks without being a blend unless blended with nylon or such.

5 out of 5 stars

I wove myself an 80 inch Peruvian shawl with this yarn and it took me forever. What slowed me down was the softness is so lovely I kept stopping to stroke the work. I had to force myself not to do that, lol. My daughter-in-law loves it so much I promised to make her one, and now my daughter wants one. I am so pleased with this yarn. Thank you!!

5 out of 5 stars

I love alpaca yarn and have tried many brands. I always come back to Andean Treasure. It is by far the best value out there. It is soft, and the weight is good. The heathered colors are gorgeous. I agree with other reviewers that more colors are needed. If more colors were available, I would never need to buy any other alpaca brand!

5 out of 5 stars

I just finished knitting a cowl/collar and wanted to just keep knitting. The yarn is so soft and plush.

2 out of 5 stars

Uh oh! Do NOT try to knit these skeins from the inside-out. Lest you end up with the same knotted mess that I did. Gorgeous yarn. But the put-up needs major help.

5 out of 5 stars

A second thought: this yarn is a bit "splitty." Still, the color saturation, stitch definition and softness are really wonderful!

5 out of 5 stars

Just received shipment of this yarn in "Embers." SO exquisitely soft! Bought this shade to make a scarf for a wool-allergic friend. Am ordering a couple of other colors: one for another friend, one for me. YES please: more colors!!!!!

5 out of 5 stars

Very nice yarn. I purchased the embers color which has a lot of depth to it, many rich tones intermingled together, nicely done heather color way. This yarn is a great value price wise. Time will tell how well it holds up compared to other 100% alpaca yarns. No reason so far to say it wouldn't perform well, as it seems to be knitting up as sturdily as any competitor. My hubby can't tolerate the scratchiness of most wools so I'm always on the lookout for alternate fibers. As with the other comments, I would love to see a few more colors. I plan to buy a lot more of this line.

5 out of 5 stars

I think this is the first Knit Picks yarn I ever tried, years ago. And I've used it so many time since. Embers Heather is a gorgeous color I've used over and over; it's great combined with Woods or Reindeer. And I love the newer Mystery Heather - always looking for those very dark charcoals. Thanks for continuing to make this wonderful yarn, and I agree it would be fun to have more colors. This and Alpaca Cloud are my two all-time favorites (and I have to admit that I stockpile the latter in Midnight; I've used it in SO many projects and have more plans for it in the future...)

5 out of 5 stars

Yes, please, more colors! Wouldn't this be great in almost as many colors as the Palette line? A softer choice in as many colors would really bolster options for sweaters, scarves, mitts, hats, shawls, you name it! Excellent fiber! Never disappoints! (Just more colors!)

5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous yarn! I adore it and only wish there were more colors available (especially an aubergine purple). I recently crocheted a long infinity scarf with the Embers shade and it's absolutely delicious.

5 out of 5 stars

This is perfect yarn for baby knits as gifts, it's beautifully soft without a lot of tickly fibers.

5 out of 5 stars

This yarn is as soft as cashmere for a fraction of the price! I love working with it! The subtle heathereffects are beautiful as well. I made myself a cabled sweater, which I've worn all winter and experienced minimal pilling. The yarn holds its shape very well - I'm looking forward to using this yarn again soon. Please, Knit Picks, more colors!